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The mediating role of manipulativeness in the relationship between the Dark Triad and cognitive enhancement drug use

Koppmeier, Laura (2018) The mediating role of manipulativeness in the relationship between the Dark Triad and cognitive enhancement drug use.

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Abstract:Cognitive enhancement drug (CED) use is on the rise in academic settings as well as in job situations. To date, no research has empirically identified the characteristics of cognitive enhancement drug users. The present research addresses the relationship between the Dark Triad personality traits – Machiavellianism, narcissism and psychopathy – and cognitive enhancement drug use and how manipulativeness plays a mediating role in this association. In a sample of 175 mostly German and Dutch university students (Meanage: 20.8; female: 126, male: 28) the Short Dark Triad scale (SD3) and the manipulativeness subscale of the CAT-PD-SF have been used to measure the Dark Triad and manipulativeness. For examining the frequencies of CED use, a new questionnaire was designed. All three traits of the Dark Triad were found to be positively associated with cognitive enhancement drug use (Machiavellianism: b = .1, narcissism: b = .08, psychopathy: b = .08). However, manipulativeness could not sufficiently explain the relation between the Dark Triad and CED use. The finding that the Dark Triad personality traits and cognitive enhancement drug use are related contributes to the understanding of CED use in European academic institutions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75230
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